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Subject: oh, dave...
the film was like a scrubbed version of rebel without a cause...
very good acting, all-around engaging. pretty neat little canadian film.
watch it, already.
Christine Hennig -
Subject: WHO ARE YOU CALLING EMOTIONALLY IMMATURE?? Why I Oughta...
More like emotional immaturity, if you ask me. Teen-aged Dave flies off the handle at every least little provocation. Consequently, his girlfriend breaks up with him in favor of the most popular jock in school, and he gets benched by the football coach, which causes him to quit the team. We get to overhear his classmates talking behind his back; the general opinion of the boys is that hes full of himself, while the girls think hes a mamas boy. Of course, things are not exactly groovy at home, having as he does a dad that flies off the handle at every least little provocation (especially involving Dave), and a mom who must have made the finals in the Miss Codependency contest. Dave ends up going off the deep end and slashing the tires of his rivals hot rod. These characters should be glad its the 50s and only rubber is involved; today, Dave would raid his dads gun collection and shoot up the school. The film ends on a depressing note, with the narrator stating that Dave may be rehabilitated with lots of professional help, but implying its not gonna be easy. This film is pretty much as campy as it sounds, though its also pretty depressing. Dave is the most interesting character in it, having as he does a rubber face and a voice that sounds like hes in his 40s. Although he generates little empathy himself, after only a few minutes with his dad you know exactly where his emotional instability comes from. These Crawley films are full of dysfunctional 50s families, making them a good antidote to all those Father Knows Best-type sitcoms.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ****.
Subject: Half a film...
This is like half a story. We see the problems, but there is no suggested solutions. If the viewers know the answer, what is the purpose of showing this film?
Subject: David, alas poor David
After the most peppy music heard in a social film in a long while, we meet David, who is going out with hid girlfriend.. not so fast! His girlfriend breaks up with him and of course, starts going out with the Big Jock In School! After kicking down a well placed bicycle, Dave goes home. Things at home arent too rosey either, with a overbearing father and a meek mom. David gets no satisfactorial parental guidance from there, so he heads down to the malt stop. In a scene that curiously reminded me of grease, we see Dave's ex and her new beau chirping away. After running back home (!!) and finding out again that he's misunderstood, David goes out for another walk, where he see's his ex's new beau's car...
This is QUITE good, being Canadian and all (and I'm Canadian!) The actor playing David has the most amazing hair and is totally convincing. Nice acting all all around, good camera work as well. This is well worth your time and is highly reccomended!